If you care for journeys there and back, out of the comfortable Western world, over the edge of the Wild, and home again, and can take interest in a humble hero (blessed with a little wisdom and a little courage), here is a record of such a journey and such a traveler. The period is the ancient time between the age of Faerie and the dominion of men, when the famous forest of Mirkwood was still standing, and the mountains were full of danger. In following the path of the humble adventurer, you will learn by the way (as he did) - if you do not already know all about these things - much about trolls, goblins, dwarves, and elves, and get some glimpses into the history and politics of a neglected but important period.
For Mr. Bilbo Baggins visited various notable persons; conversed with the dragon, Smaug the Magnificent; and was present, rather unwillingly, at the Battle of the Five Armies. This is all the more remarkable, since he was a hobbit. Hobbits have hitherto been passed over in history and legend, perhaps because they as a rule preferred peace and quiet to excitement. But his account, based on his personal memoirs, of the one exciting year in the otherwise quiet life of Mr. Bilbo Baggins will give you a fair idea of the estimable people now (it is said) becoming rather rare.
Bilbo's Tale| Posted February 27, 2009
I adore this book by J.R.R. Tolkien and it's one of the few books that I've read twice! When I was younger, I read this book and I found it hard to understand...I didn't enjoy it as much. I just finished reading it again and I enjoyed it much better the second time. There is so much detail in The Hobbit and I love it.
The story starts out like this - Bilbo is content in the shire living in his hobbit-hole...that is until Gandalf comes for a visit! Gandalf tells Bilbo that he's going to send him on an adventure and that's how it all starts ;) Gandalf leaves but not without putting a mark on the hobbit's door. The next day, someone knocks on the door and Bilbo thinks it's Gandalf but is surprised to find a dwarf. Soon after meeting the first dwarf, twelve more have come to Bilbo's home to set off on an adventure. The dwarves' goal is to take gold that once belonged to their ancestors but there's a problem ~ Smaug the mighty dragon is guarding it.....
The chapters are long in this book - the first chapter is twenty-seven pages long!!! What I find cool about this book is that Tolkien wrote songs and riddles, which is really interesting to read. I have to add something here about the songs ~ Some of the songs that are sung by elves are extremely silly. I had a hard time imagining elves singing songs like that! Anyways, it's a great book and I can't wait to read other books by Tolkien.
None can compare.| Posted November 19, 2012
I do not know of a book that can compare to the ones of J. R. R. Tolkien. I have read The Hobbit and though it is a long ad streneous read, I am happy I read it. I am currently working on reading the Lord of the Rings, but that has taken some time as well. I highly suggest you read his works.
3:| Posted August 03, 2012
I read this book a while ago and it took me nine months. I kept reading other things because i felt like it was taking me forever to get through it. Now i am glad that I read it, though a lot of it was too much to remember, possibly because I could not read the maps but that's just my own problem. I guess the main reason I'm thankful that I read it is because I know the meaning of Gollum's riddle/fish song which I included in a story I made up of what happens after Gollum finds the Ring and before Bilbo finds it. I hated the cartoon movie but I'm excited to see the new one :3